Meatless Monday- Curry Jackfruit Biryani

Time for another product review. This time i am bringing a product range which suits the needs of anyone looking for nutritious meat replacements. Today, i am doing a taste test and using one of the product samples to create a quick version of a complex looking dish – Curry Jackfruit Biryani !

Ever tried Jackfruit? You might have come across this fruit cut in big chunks at Asian stores. The one with spiky texture, green skin and white flesh.. does that ring a bell? Well, jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. Today, i bring to you a product range by “The jackfruit company“. As you might have guessed, their products are made with “jackfruit. Theproduct range’s target is the “meat replacement” market and i am finding it very promising 🙂

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I am personally a jackfruit lover ! It is usually considered a “vegetarian’s meat” in India, partly because of its appearance upon cooking. It is prepared in various ways in many parts of India. I have always been crazy about jackfruit and my mother always made delicious curries and pickles using jackfruit. When i found out about this company, i was instantly hooked to it and was completely sold on the idea ! It got me really curious and i decided to try the products out 🙂 I was able to get 2 different samples and today i am doing the taste test for curry jackfruit.

curry jackfruit copyI found the packaging very attractive and in my opinion, the product shot on top creates a pretty convincing image of a “meat replacement”… which is really the point of the product 🙂 The curry jackfruit contains many Indian spices and has a good amount of heat in it. I tried some of the curry jackfruit by itself and found it pretty strong on spices, for my taste. I guess it is a matter of personal preference. I would probably add a little water to it to mellow the taste but it should work well as it is for a stuffing or as a filler for a main dish.

Since the curry jackfruit is made using aromatics and many other spices, i really wanted to prepare a dish which would remind me of my childhood days. My mother usually served jackfruit curry along with dal & rice and i have always loved it that way. Taking that as an inspiration and combining that with some South Indian flavour notes, i decided to prepare a Jackfruit biryani.. but with my twist ! I am using coconut milk to make the rice for this biryani 🙂 Read the recipe !

Curry Jackfruit Biryani

Curry Jackfruit Biryani

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 packet Curry Jackfruit (the Jackfruit company’s)
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups Light Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (you can also use a non dairy yogurt to make the recipe vegan)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3rd cup fried onions
  • Handful of Raisins
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Handful Coriander leaves
  • Handful Mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee/ Clarified butter (optional)

Method

  1. Take the curry jackfruit in a bowl. Microwave it for 1 minute or till warm. Add in greek yogurt in it and mix.
  2. Take a pan and add the washed basmati rice in it. Add cumin seeds on top and pour coconut milk in it. Cook the rice in coconut milk till par boiled. Add salt to taste and mix well. Divide the rice into 2 portions.Some coconut milk might be left over which is ok.
  3. Take a thick bottomed pan. Place one portion of par boiled rice in the bottom of the pan. Layer it with the jackfruit+yogurt mix. Add some fried onions, raisins and half of coriander and mint leaves on top. Do not mix the layers.
  4. Top this layer with the left over rice. Add the remaining fried onions, raisins, coriander and mint. Do not mix the layers.
  5. Place a lid on top the pan and cook this on slow heat for around 1o mins. The Jackfruit Biryani is ready. Melt ghee and pour on top. Serve biryani hot with yogurt raita and pickle.

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Can any Indian recipe be simpler than this? I mean seriously ! If you noticed, i did not make use of any spice except a little salt and this biryani tasted amazing !! We ended up binge eating 🙂 It not only looks royal but has the succulent jackfruit giving it a bite and the ocassional sweetness of the raisins hitting the lovely harmonious notes with the coconuty scent of the rice.If you want to amp up the richness, go ahead and add some toasted nuts to it 🙂

Now, making a restaurant quality biryani is just a matter of opening a pack of Curry Jackfruit and adding some rice to it ! If you like Indian food, you are going to love “the jackfruit company” curry jackfruit 🙂 Head over to the company’s website and check out their products.

 

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